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The Spark

Igniting the imagination through cooperative learning

How to Use

How to use your makerspace:

There are a number of avenues to engage with and use your makerspace resources. We are glad you are interested in our resources, do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions. The Spark Willis location is open and operates in compliance with UNT health and safety guidelines

Need Inspiration? Stop by for a tour at anytime during our hours of operation. Our Maker team will tailor the tour to your interest and needs. Tours can run from 5 up to 30 minutes.

Have a project or idea?

The first step is a virtual consultation. You can schedule a virtual consultation to determine your project and/or training needs. During the consultation, the Spark representative will help determine what your next steps are. Please note virtual consultations are not location specific, however in person trainings are. If you need training in a specific location make sure to read the link for the location that the appointment is scheduled at. 

  • Consultations -VIRTUAL- via Zoom
    • A consultation is a 30-60 minute session with a Knowledge Specialist. In this session, you are expected to present the project concept/question so the Knowledge Specialist can highlight resources and offer suggestions to assist you in accomplishing your project goal.
  • Training Sessions- IN PERSON Scheduled @ your virtual consultation
    • Training is a 60-minute session with a Knowledge Specialist that will train you on safety standards, proper use of equipment/software, and Spark use guidelines. Some equipment*/software may take more than one session. *You will sign a contract after your training session for future use on The Spark’s equipment.
  • Machine Operator Appointment (Required for CNC, Embroidery, Laser) IN PERSON
    • Do you have everything ready to complete your project? You should have a file created in the proper format, approved materials, and now you will need to schedule an appointment session with a Machine Operator to complete the cut/scan. Machine Operator's set up the machine and insure the machines are operating properly. Project planning and design are done through consultations and trainings respectively.

PLEASE NOTE: The Spark offers assistance with learning how to use our resources but we are not authorized as a production facility (we do not work on your materials/project directly or take orders to make things for you). Nor are we able to develop code or projects for individuals. We are here to help you learn how to use our resources to achieve your project goals. 

Connect with us!

Email: Spark Chat on our homepage Phone:940-369-5259
Virtual Consultations Willis In Person Training Willis Machine Operator Appointments*
DP In Person Appointments Events  

*Must have already gone through a consultation & training or will have to reschedule.*

NOTE: To schedule an appointment or training at Discovery Park you must use the DP link.


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